Members of the Dudgen-Monroe Street neighborhood spoke at a meeting Monday night to oppose the construction of a new apartment building.
The building would be on the corner of Monroe and Knickerbocker streets.
Alderwoman Sue Ellingson gave her support, saying the building would increase tax revenue and revitalize the area.
Residents said the area is vibrant enough and safety is a big worry.
“We’re concerned about commercial space that might be disruptive. We’re concerned about traffic and parking and they safety that that brings to kids,” said David Williamson, a Dudgeon-Monroe resident. “We’re concerned about the fact that this is the entrance to Wingra Park and they’re planning to put a giant building here that will block people’s views.”
The Wisconsin State Journal said the plan commission approved the plan late Monday in a voice vote..